As the Biden transition team works to set their agenda in motion, they have signaled that many of their policies will be pro-labor, but the current administration is giving them difficulties.
Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the transition of power, potential relief legislation and more.
Transition of power
Burga said it is in the best interest of working people for the Trump administration to cooperate with the Biden transition team and make the transition one that is seamless and civil.
This does not seem like it will happen, as the Trump administration has set up roadblocks and is actively attacking government employees. For example, President Trump is suspending services and protections for civil service employees.
Labor-friendly Biden administration
Burga fully expects President-elect Biden to be a friend of organized labor.
After years of having a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) who sides with corporations and is packed with corporate lawyers, it will be refreshing to have an NLRB who supports working people.
Additionally, Burga is confident that the Department of Education will see improvement after four years of Betsy DeVos at the helm.
COVID-19 relief legislation
The current Senate and administration has signaled that they have no intentions of helping working, middle class people through the pandemic.
Throughout the eight months of the pandemic, Americans have only received one stimulus check. This has fallen well short of what is needed to keep working people afloat when businesses have been shuttered and industries have been grounded.
Burga said another element of relief is safety guidelines. The federal government has been absent as it relates to providing guidance.
He remains confident that the Biden administration will come in strong and provide working people with the relief they need.